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IceHogs preseason games, Huet, Emery, Kane, Carcillo, Hawks prospects, Sopel and more

–We are now 60 days away from opening night of the Blackhawks’ regular season.  The AHL’s too for that matter.

Rockford IceHogs have announced two preseason home games.  Both will be played at the MetroCentre.

Wed Sept 28 vs Chicago Wolves, 7:05pm
Sat Oct 01 vs Peoria Rivermen, 7:05pm

The IceHogs will have one other exhibition game in Milwaukee on September 30th.  That game will be played at the Milwaukee School of Engineering inside the Kern Center.

–Hearing now the loan agreement of Cristobal Huet between the Blackhawks and Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League is a done deal. Read more »

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Bowman interview, prospect camp changes; Winny coach news, Torchetti out, Yawney quits, Toews quips, Tallon troubles, NHLvsNBA and Wang news

Stan Bowman was interviewed on ChicagoBlackhawks.com’s podcast, Blackhawks Insider, in audio posted on Monday.  A portion of Bowman’s conversation with Adam Kempenaar is transcribed here.

The Blackhawks Way of playing hockey

One piece of news coming out of the audio portion pertained to July’s prospect camp.  Bowman is inviting fewer players and there will be less scrimmage time.  He’s looking at this year as less of a tryout (or evaluation) camp and more of a development camp.  They’re experimenting with a different ideas at the assistance and suggestion of Joel Quenneville and the coaching staff.  Bowman said there will be a bigger focus on “skills they’re going to need to have in order to eventually play for us.”  Just the idea of fewer players would seem to indicate one scrimmage per day instead of two.  On the topic of scrimmages, Bowman said “we are certainly going to have some of those but it was predominately scrimmages in the past.”

On the talent pool in this year’s draft, Bowman is optimistic that there is enough that he’ll get “good” future NHLers but he doesn’t see high-end goaltenders in this draft, which is consistent with the scouting reports.  Bowman said they “don’t necessarily have a one position” they’re focusing on.  He said in the past they had holes at center and defense but felt they’ve addressed those in the past couple of years.  He said he hadn’t had talks with any GM’s on moving up or trading down, but revealed those discussions between GM’s don’t typically come into play until the week and days leading into the draft.  He said they’re working at getting the best group of picks, regardless of position.

That taken, the Hawks are very weak on the depth chart at right wing.  Jeremy Morin is better on the left side.  Kyle Beach and Igor Makarov can play either.  Beach is probably better on the left but his game is a little far off to say for sure.  Makarov could Rockford’s top right wing by default if Morin and Beach keep to their off wing.

Longer-range, Bowman shared his thoughts and is high on Justin Holl’s skating ability; the toning down of Stephen Johns and Kevin Hayes taking the next step.

–Conflicting reports now coming out of Canada on the search for a new Winnipeg coach.  Today’s Winnipeg Sun is reporting there will be a second-round of interviews with finalists Claude Noel and Mike Haviland. Read more »

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Jan 3rd news & notes: Classic rating, Olsen, Buff, Bollig and rumors

A reminder that tonight’s Blackhawks-Kings game in LA is an exclusive VERSUS telecast and will start at 8pm central/6pm pacific.  So that puck drop will be an hour and a half earlier than Kings’ fans are accustomed to.  And for Chicago fans hearing “Hawks-Kings at Staples Center” and figuring the game won’t start until late, be advised.

– Also tonight on NHL Network is the IIHF World U20 Championship tournament semi-final between Canada and the United States.  That game starts at 6:30pm central.  Winner plays for the Gold Medal on Wednesday night against the winner of Russia-Sweden (airs live 2:30 central today on NHL Network).

– The Penguins-Capitals Winter Classic Alumni game, which happened on New Years Eve at Heinz Field and Mario Lemieux participated in, will air on NHL Network from 5:30 to 6:30, leading into the live CAN-USA game.

– New Years Day’s Winter Classic rating is in.  In the ratings demographic most-coveted by advertisers, ages 18-49, meaning also the most-important to television executives, Saturday’s Penguins-Captials game drew a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.56 million viewers overall (2.3 rating).  The 1.8 (5.0 share) at 18-49 is more than any other show on basic television did that night.

For a little clarity in what that rating means in the grand scheme of things, last night’s NFL game on NBC did an overall rating of 5.1 (13.0 share) in adults 18-49 and an average of 14.28M viewers overall from 7-10:30.  Last night’s Rams-Seahawks game peaked in the second quarter quarter with 16.7M viewers and a 6.0 rating in adults 18-49.  The Winter Classic started with 4.46M viewers, then dropped to 4.35M in the 8-9 hour, and back up to 4.57M during the second intermission and third period. Read more »

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Allen, Peoria Slam IceHogs 5-0

Bill Peters’ search for answers has so far turned up dry.

After watching his team come out flat inexplicably for fifth time in this season’s first nine home games, the Rockford head coach retreated to his bench on Saturday night exasperated for the third period.

By my count, Peters used at least twelve different line combinations over the final twenty minutes.  It was orchestrated chaos and Peters’ team responded with its best period of the night, but that wasn’t even enough to get on the scoreboard.

Rockford outshot Peoria 12-6 in the third and 31-21 in the game but Peoria won the only count that matters, defeating IceHogs by a score of 5-0 at the MetroCentre.

In the win, Peoria rookie Jake Allen set a Rivermen AHL (2005-current) franchise record for shutouts in a single season by white-washing the Rockford shooters 31 times, to post his 4th shutout in just 8 starts.  The previous Peoria shutout record (3) was set by Manny Legace during the 2008-09 season.

Saturday’s was a team shutout.  Allen was very good and made some great stops locating pucks through screens and one-on-one challenges.  But his defense also cleared a lot of rebounds and beat the IceHogs to most of the loose pucks in the Peoria zone.

The latter point was the story of the night.  Rockford could not match Peoria’s intensity from the initial puck drop through to the final horn.  A few players tried and succeeded in spurts.  Garnet Exelby showed some snarl late in the first, but the score was already 3-0 by then.  Kyle Beach had his best, most physical shift in weeks with five minutes to go in the middle period.  Jeremy Morin stood up to Peoria defenders on occasion one night after getting into a spirited fight with Red Wings’ defensive prospect Brendan Smith. Read more »

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